Carol Burnett truly does speak to you as she reads her book. I feel as though we're friends who've shared laughs and tears. I missed seeing her in person last night at Proctors Theatre; I'll always regret not having taken advantage of the opportunity.
In answer to the question: "If you could have dinner with anyone ever, who would it be," my answer, from as far back as I can remember, has always been "Carol Burnett". With this audiobook I feel that wish has been granted. Burnett stuffs this book full of anecdotes from all points of her brilliant career that will have you unabashedly howling with laughter (thus, caution when listening in public) and fighting back tears (ditto on the public listening)--but mostly the former. Delightfully, her delivery is as passionate, absorbing and natural as one imagines an evening with Carol might be! And yes, you'll hear the Tarzan yell.
carol burnett has always been a hero of mine eversince i fell in love with her show. her stories are engaging and profound. i loved her book and i loved hearing her voice. she kept me enthralled all the way through to the end. thanks carol.
It's a bunch of short (2-7 minutes) anecdotes in chronological order. Overall the book is superficial and indulgent with all the celebrity stories. It wasn't drudgery, but it wasn't engrossing and rewarding either.
Fairly light biography with lots of stories that Burnett's fans will enjoy. I like her work but thought the book was a little dated with too many references to how great the original show and cast were....after a while, it just gets boring.
mom of 2 in az
If it weren't the fact that it was Carol Burnett, I would have given the book less stars. I am genuinely interested in her life, but would have enjoyed a biography more than an autobiography.
The stories were short, sometimes too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed more continuity. Some of the stories seemed out of place and disjointed. Perhaps some could have been blended for lengthier vignettes.
I love Carol Burnett. She is the queen of physical musical comedy. She has no equal. However, her age has left her speech less than clear in places. The reading was too lengthy for her voice and left her sounding quaky in some places and slurred in others. This isn't the audio memory of her that I'm inclined to keep, so I'll go find some old clips to watch to erase the "fading star" impression this book left me with.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett. I first saw her back on the Garry Moore Show in the '60's. My friends and I would imitate her and the other characters on the show, and laugh our heads off. I am still laughing my head off at Carol Burnett. It was rewarding to hear her reveal things about her life that had to be painful, or embarrassing, or personal. She has always been like that, though, willing to put it all out there. "Love me or don't love me, but what you see is what you get." Well, Carol, we love you. Thank you for sharing yourself with America for so many years. Thank you for making us laugh and helping us forget our own troubles, if even for a few minutes. You are a part of us. This country is better off for having had you in it.
The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes
Thank you Carol for sharing this book in your own words. From one Texan to another you are the best entertainer who has ever graced a stage or screen. Your humble nature and thankful attitude and value of friendships are an example to us all.